Dr. Michael E. Brooks


Michael E. Brooks, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor of Teaching
  • Phone: 419-372-8333
  • Email: mebrook@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 139 Williams Hall


  • Ohio Academy of History
  • American Historical Association


Dr. Michael Brooks,  Professor of Teaching: (Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2009). Dr. Brooks has research interests in epidemiological history, the history of Ohio, and the history of the American white supremacist movement. He has spent much of his teaching career developing online course curricula. Prior to joining BGSU as a faculty member in 2009, Dr. Brooks taught at numerous regional colleges and universities, including Wayne State University, Lourdes University, and the University of Toledo. He has published two books: A History of Hate in Ohio: Then and Now (Ohio State University Press, 2021) and The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County, Ohio (The History Press, 2014). Dr. Brooks also edits the journal Northwest Ohio History.

Fields of Study

  • History of American hate groups
  • History of Ohio
  • History of disease and medicine
  • Digital and online medicine


  • PhD - History (2009) – major field: Modern Europe; minor field: Latin America; specialty field: European Expansion;  University of Toledo
  • MA - U.S. History (2007) University of Toledo
  • BA - History (2004) cum laude, University of Toledo

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:


  • A History of Hate in Ohio: Then and Now. Ohio State University Press (2021)
  • The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County (2014)


  • “Toledo’s Modern Glass Company: Glass Caskets and Pipe Dreams,” Northwest Ohio History 87(1), Spring/Summer 2021.
  • “Speech of the United Indian Nations at their Confederate Council (December 18, 1786),” (transcription and commentary), Northwest Ohio History, Fall/Winter 2020.
  • “Public Health versus Municipal Boosterism: Efforts to Counter Toledo’s Reputation as an Unhealthy Locale, 1849-54,” Northwest Ohio History, Spring/Summer 2020.
  • “’Swamp Salvation’: The Diaries of the Reverend Cutting Marsh,” (transcription and commentary), Northwest Ohio History, Spring/Summer 2018.
  • "'Ham-Strung, Shackled, and Tied,' The Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition Enforcement in Wood County, Ohio," Northwest Ohio History, Spring 2017
  • “Geschichte des Ku Klux Klan,” Der Rechte Rand (167), March 2016
  • “Developing Effective Undergraduate Online History Courses: An Experiential Model,” Teaching History, February, 2016 (Volume XL, Number 1)
  • “Visual Representations of Prester John and His Kingdom,” Quidditas 34 (2014)
  • “The Potawatomi, Neo-Europeans, and the Great Black Swamp: An Examination of Nishnabek-Newcomer Interactions in Northwest Ohio,” Northwest Ohio History, Fall 2013

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company, in Northwest Ohio History, Fall/Winter 2018
  • Review of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant in Ohio History, Fall 2017
  • Review of The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s in Civil War Book Review, Fall 2016
  • Review of James A. Rhodes, Ohio Colossus in Ohio Valley History, Summer 2015


  • Panel member, “Publish or Perish? A Panel Discussion on the Quandaries of Open Access and ETDs,” 2021 USETDA Conference, September 22, 2021.
  • Reading author,” “‘For God’s Sake, Let Me Out: I’m Burning!’ An Analysis of the 1930 Ohio Penitentiary Fire,” 2019 Ohio Academy of History Conference, March 23, 2019.
  • Panel member, “Open Education Resources for History,” 2019 American Historical Association Conference, January 3, 2019.
  • Panel chair, "Business on Main Street," 2017 Ohio Academy of History Conference, March 29, 2017.
  • Panel member, “Graduate Directors Roundtable.” 2016 Ohio Academy of History Conference, April 2, 2016.
  • Reading author, “‘Ham-Strung, Shackled, and Tied': the Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition Enforcement in Wood County, Ohio.” Alcohol and Drugs History Society conference, June 21, 2015.
  • Panel chair, “Sexuality in Late Twentieth-Century America,” Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Lourdes University, March 21, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Improving Retention of Online Students,” BGSU Teaching and Learning Fair, February 2014.
  • Presenter, “Creating Effective Online Video Lectures,” BGSU Teaching and Learning Fair, February 2013.
  • Reading author, “Strategies for Online History Courses,” The Humanities and Technology Camp (THAT Camp), Columbus, OH.  January 16-17, 2010.

Recent Courses Taught

  • HIST-1050 Early America
  • HIST-1060 Modern America
  • HIST-1510 World Civilizations
  • HIST-1520 Modern World
  • HIST-2210 North American Indigenous People
  • HIST-3034 World War II
  • HIST-3062 Ohio History
  • HIST-3285 America Becomes Modern
  • HIST-3607 Representative Personalities of the 20th Century
  • HIST-6320 Revolutions in World History
  • HIST-6320 Vietnam Wars and Public Policy
  • HIST-6320 European Expansions, 1415-1763
  • HIST-6800 Epidemics in World History

Updated: 11/08/2021 01:25PM